General Education Distribution

For students entering Wharton in fall 2017 or later

6 required CUs

The Wharton undergraduate curriculum is structured to combine the study of business with the study of the arts and sciences. The curriculum is designed this way to ensure that students:

  • Are exposed to the intellectual activities and diverse perspectives of scholars from a wide array of disciplines
  • Develop critical-thinking skills
  • Are prepared to be actively engaged as informed global citizens

A total of 6 CUs from the categories listed below are necessary to fulfill the General Education Distribution requirement, which is the primary arts and sciences component of the curriculum. Please also note the following:

  • Any course in this requirement may be taken pass/fail if it is not used to fulfill the Cross-Cultural Perspectives requirement and does not apply to a minor. Please refer to the pass/fail policy for more information.
  • At least 1 CU in each of the following categories: Humanities (H); Natural Sciences, Math, and Engineering (NSME); and Social Structures (SS) must be taken at Penn or at a Penn-approved study abroad program.
  • Students in the Management and Technology coordinated dual-degree program must take courses categorized as Social Science (SS) and/or Humanities (H) to fulfill their General Education Distribution requirements (i.e., no Natural Sciences, Math, and Engineering¬†(NSME) or uncategorized/FGE courses).
  • Students in the Nursing and Health Care Management coordinated dual-degree program must take 1 CU of Social Science and 1 CU of Humanities courses to fulfill their General Education Distribution requirements.

Humanities (at least 1 CU)

The Humanities category includes introductory courses that focus on works of creativity. These courses may include, but are not limited to, those which analyze art, cinema, literature, music, and theater. These courses also include those focused on language acquisition and analysis.

Natural Sciences, Math, and Engineering (at least 1 CU)

At least 1 CU

The Natural Sciences, Math, and Engineering category includes introductory courses that focus on scientific methods of inquiry and interpretation.

Social Science (at least 1 CU)

The Social Science category includes introductory courses that focus on the relationship between individuals and institutions, methods of social observation and analysis, tools for historical analysis and inquiry, and issues of civic life and public policy.

Uncategorized (Flex Gen Ed Only)

These courses do not fit in to the categories above, but may be used to fulfill the overall General Education requirement of 6 CUs.

Students who are unsure which Gen Ed requirement a course will fulfill should search the course list and consult with an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Division if necessary.